First, this is a great forum, I have learned so much just pouring through posts and responses.
I’ve also been reading various guide books and think I have come up with a workable 10+ day tour of Spain
I wanted to put my itinerary out for comments and suggestions and ask a few basic questions as this will be our first experience anywhere in Europe.
A few additional questions:
We are planning the trip as a gift for our daughters high school graduation, so we will be traveling in early June.
First thing I’m confused about is the temperature to expect. Some of the guide books make it sound like it’s an oven, and to avoid the Andalusian region at all costs, yet Weather.Com seems to suggest highs in the upper 80s & low 90s…not exactly heat stroke material for us.
Arrival in Madrid: Flight lands at 6:20am, what is the typical checkin time? What are good things to plan for potentially jet lagged family (I sleep like a baby on planes)
Escorted day trips & Sightseeing: While we had a great experience in Quebec with Viator, The books and forum posts seem to suggest I may be better off waiting until I get there and visit the TI which will have listings of local tour guides. Thoughts?
I’m thinking seeing as our plans are still quite fast paced, a structured escorted sight-seeing tour will helpmake sure we see the highlights.
The Itinerary: I had originally planned an escorted tour as I was afraid of the complications of arranging and getting from point A to B. I finally saw the light from some of the forum posts that the escorted tours are WAY too fast paced and you barely have a chance to breathe! So, using their itineraries as a guide, I built the following:
Overnight Flight from Boston to Madrid
4 nights in Madrid, staying at either the Hotel Europa or Hotel Moderno
Museum visits in Madrid
A day trip to Avila & Segovia through Viator (or do we just wing it ourselves?)
A day trip to Toledo
AVE train to Seville (8am – 10:30)
4 nights in Seville at the Donna Maria
1 day trip to Cordoba
1 day trip to Gibraltar
Train to Granada
(Either early train arrive 11am or spend day in Seville and arrive 19:00, or half day in Sev half day in Granada)
2 nights in Granada at the Macia Plaza
Flight back to Boston
Fly out of Granada and connect in Madrid. Thought about the train, get to see some scenery, but to avoid any problems with a train delay, we would have to spend another night in Madrid.